Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blog Tour: Rome by Jay Crownover

Title: Rome (Marked Men #3) Author: Jay Crownover Genre: New Adult Publication Date: January 7, 2014 Publisher: William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Cora Lewis is a whole lot of fun, and she knows how to keep her tattooed bad boy friends in line. But all that flash and sass hide the fact that she’s never gotten over the way her first love broke her heart. Now she has a plan to make sure that never happens again: She’s only going to fall in love with someone perfect.
Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn and rigid, he’s bossy and has come back from his final tour of duty fundamentally broken. Rome’s used to filling a role: big brother, doting son, super soldier; and now none of these fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes the only color on his bleak horizon.
Perfect isn’t in the cards for these two, but imperfect might just last forever . . .

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4 Star review by Lisa Kane

Rome is the third book in Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series. Rome Archer is  Rule’s brother and a friend of Jet’s. He was away serving in Afghanistan, was injured  and when he came home for good, he finds his world has changed so much from the one he left. His brother is living with their childhood friend Shaw and is no longer the cocky out of control mess that always needed him. He has a mortgage and is stable and manages just fine without him. He has yet to come to terms with his brother Remy’s death and the secrets he held. He hasn’t found his place in this new world.

Cora Lewis, or Tink as she is known, works with Rule. She’s a hell of a piercer and won’t put up with anyone’s crap. She grew up a military brat and craved stability in her life. She thought she found her HEA with Jimmy up until he broke up with her and she found out he was engaged to his future kid’s baby mama. She’s decided she is holding out for perfection-for the perfect guy and she won’t let herself settle for any less than that.

“This picture has been everywhere I’ve been. I took it to basic. It went to Korea. It’s been to Pakistan and Iraq, and it just came back from Afghanistan with me. The people in it were always there to remind me what I was fighting for, who I was supposed to be keeping the country safe for.
 “You’re lucky to have that kind of relationship with them.”
“”I thought so, too, only then I found out Remy was hiding a secret life, and that Shaw could do a better job taking care of Rule than I ever did.”

Rome and Cora don’t get along. At all. Rome thinks she’s a little bit crazy and Cora thinks he’s stuffy and calls him Captain No-Fun. But under all that bad is a lot of hot good. They may not like each other, but they certainly can’t keep their thoughts about each other off their minds.

Eventually, they break down some of their barriers.

“So here’s the deal. I don’t need you to figure my shit out, I can do it all on my own. I look at you like I want to lick you all over because I do.”
“You’re so full of color, so vibrant you never get lost in all the gray in my head. I don’t want to lose that.”

Rome is starting to find his niche. He is working at a bar owned by a former military/biker dude named Brite. He just might have had a run in or two with some prospects from one of the MC’s, but he likes what he is doing. He doesn’t need the money right now, but he needs to work. Being with Cora helps with his nightmares, the ones he has night after night. He sleeps better with her.

Of course Rome does something to mess things up-he is a guy after all. Cora has a few things going on in her life and maybe she is wondering if she will be able to forgive and forget.

“I don’t want you to be part of my nightmares, Cora, but I’m selfish enough to ask you to want to be.”

This wouldn’t be a Marked Men book if there weren’t tragedies and drama. This one has its share. These things only serve to make Cora and Rome stronger and more committed to each other. There are some nice things going on for Shaw and Rule, and one of their friends Nash has a story arc that will carry over into another book.

If that was what imperfect got me, I was the luckiest girl in the world.

About the Author

I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that. I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.

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